Sandman Book Arch

As featured in Only In Your State

The Book Arch at Sandman Books

This massive art installation is a paper sculpture made of books that were destined for the recycle bin. Instead of being destroyed, the orphaned tomes were upcycled into a work of art, right in the middle of our shop. The poetry of the elder books providing support for their intellectual descendants is not lost on our customers, and the Book Arch has become a "must see" tourist attraction for visitors to Punta Gorda.

the Book Arch at Sandman Books Punta Gorda reading nook under the Book Arch at Sandman Books Punta Gorda

Originally installed on Burnt Store Road, the Book Arch was carefully deconstructed and relocated to 5240 Duncan Road when the bookstore moved there in 2019. It has settled into its new home well - stop by and see it as soon as you have the chance!

Beauty and the Beast Library Book Arch
 © Sandman Books. Model and costume designer: Morgan Katsarelas. 

Nicole Christensen Forevermore Photography Engagement Photos Library Wedding
Sarah & Erik engagement photos © Nicole Cristensen with Forevermore Photography. 

Wedding at Sandman Books
Martin & Stephanie, 2017 Sandman Books

Harry Potter Wedding
Image by Sandman Books 

Book Arch

Scott Hill builds the Book Arch at Sandman Books  © 2019
Scott Hill works on the Book Arch. Image © Sandman Books 2019

Book Arch Construction
Photo by Sue Wade 

David Sussman Photo of Doctor Strange Cosplay at the Book Arch
Image © 2020 David Sussman Photography. Scott Hill as Doctor Strange. Costume by Heidi Lange. 

David Sussman the Book Arch at Sandman Books Punta Gorda
Image © 2016 David Sussman Photography 

David Sussman photo of Cruella DeVille Cosplay under The Book Arch
Image © 2016 David Sussman Photography


David Sussman photo of Ursula cosplay under The Book Arch
Image © 2016 David Sussman Photography

About the Artist

Scott Hill (a native of Michigan) designed and built all the shelves at Sandman Books, as well as the art installation known as The Book Arch. Curious about the construction of this towering tribute to literacy? Check back soon for photos of the construction process...